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As pandemic wears on, governments losing support on economic, COVID-19 management

New data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute finds majorities in most – but not all – provinces saying their respective provincial governments have done a “good job” handling the COVID-19 pandemic. The exceptions: Alberta and Manitoba.

That said, approval of pandemic handling at the provincial level has dropped precipitously from the summer in almost every region. In June, an average of 80 per cent said their provincial government was doing well – now that number is 58 per cent.

As Canadians voice concerns about what the coming year will hold for their own personal finances, satisfaction with management of their respective provincial economies and the deficit has dropped considerably over the past six months.

More Key Findings:

  • There are only three provinces where a majority of residents say the government is doing a “good job” on health care – B.C., Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • As their constituents grow more critical throughout the pandemic, both Alberta’s United Conservative Party and Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative Party find themselves tied with their opposition parties in vote intention.
  • Only one provincial government receives a Government Performance Index score of 50 or higher (Saskatchewan – 53). In June, five provinces had a score of this level.

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